Hoof Boot Fit: It's Relative

I first started riding the precipitous trails in the San Juan mountains of Colorado in the summer of 2010. I fell in love with the area immediately, and developed a long list of favorite trails with each passing weekend on a new trail.

Fall colors seen looking south from the Colorado Trail just south of Little Molas Lake.

 

I was recently reminded of my initial reactions to some of those trails and how they were more than thrilling to ride along. Today, the thrill is replaced with peaceful awe. I just can't get enough of them. My perception of danger, risk, and trust of the horse has changed. It's all relative. Just like fitting a hoof boot.

Trotting above the treeline: how much do you trust your horse on challenging trails? How much do you trust your boot fit?

One of the most common errors we see when customers are transitioning from shod hooves to barefoot hooves, is that they size up one size too big. Ensuring the right fit is not just about taking measurements and seeing the if the fit of the new boot looks right. It's also about the way the boot feel when it goes on, and, more importantly, how it feels when you take the boot off. Take a look at this video for a better explanation. Or, if you subscribe to this blog via RSS, you can see the video at http://youtube.com/watch?v=iBvogEVAqEc&feature=share&list=UUxGsbpy9QsmWj-G0goU7pgg.

The moral of the story: optimal boot fit requires a boot to fit very snugly. If you're experiencing boot loss, assess the fit. You might be surprised.

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.

 


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